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Undercuffler's TD with 26 seconds left gives Akron a win over Kent State for the Wagon Wheel

Wed, Nov 1, 2023

Undercuffler's TD with 26 seconds left gives Akron a win over Kent State for the Wagon Wheel

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Jeff Undercuffler Jr. scored a go-ahead touchdown with 26 seconds left and Akron scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night to beat Kent State 31-27 and claim the Wagon Wheel for the first time since 2018.

Akron trailed 27-10 entering the fourth quarter. Undercuffler capped a 16-play, 87-yard drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jasaiah Gathings. Akron's next scoring drive lasted just 99 seconds as Lorenzo Lingard rushed for a 37-yard score to get within 27-24 with 3:32 left.

Kent State went three-and-out to give the ball back to Akron with 3:09 left. The Zips went 57 yards in nine plays, with Lingard gaining 15 yards on four carries. Lingard also made a key catch to get inside the 10-yard line, setting up Undercuffler's 5-yard sneak for the lead.

CJ Nunnally IV ended the game with a sack before he raced to the end zone to celebrate with his teammates holding the Wagon Wheel.

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It was Akron's first comeback victory of 17 points or more since 2018.

Undercuffler threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns for Akron (2-7, 1-4 Mid-American Conference). Lingard had 22 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown.

Tommy Ulatowski had three touchdown passes for Kent State (1-8, 0-5). Chrishon McCray had six catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns.


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